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Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN7/24/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer exited Wednesday's game with "decreased grip strength in his hand," and is doubtful for Thursday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Hosmer has missed a few games due to the bruised right hand and it's still bothering him. First basemen with a .701 OPS are a dime-a-dozen and not in high demand by fantasy owners.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI7/24/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Though reduced to a platoon role, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard should be in the lineup Thursday afternoon because of a favorable matchup. Unfortunatelty, Darin Ruf is apparently getting the start.
Insight: Howard is a career .328 hitter (22-for-67) with seven home runs versus Giants starter Tim Hudson.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG7/23/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt experienced lingering concussion symptoms Wednesday, according to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) was hit in the face during batting practice Saturday and later exited the game with dizziness. Manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Belt was "making progress," but Baggarly reports that the Giants are "growing more concerned about Belt" after Wednesday's setback.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR7/23/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (right quad injury) could be back from the DL next week, according to Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com.
Insight: Encarnacion (.277, 26 HR, 70 RBI) has been on the shelf since July 6 due to a quad injury. The sooner he returns, the better for fantasy owners.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATLCold7/23/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman came into Wednesday with one hit in his last 24 at-bats, zero homers since June 27 and three hits in 23 career at-bats against Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi, so of course he went deep off Eovaldi in the second inning.
Insight: It appears Freeman was "due." He'll try to keep it going Thursday against Henderson Alvarez (6-5, 2.64 ERA).
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHICold7/23/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that the first base position "will be a day-to-day thing," according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com.
Insight: The Phillies plan to get Darin Ruf playing time at first base in the coming weeks. "I'm interested to see what he can do," Sandberg said of Ruf. "I know what (Howard) can do. I've seen him for 100 games. I know what he can do. I think it's important to see what a guy like Darin Ruf can do also going forward." Howard has batted .141 over his last 21 games and his OPS is down to .682 on the year. He's still owed $60 million over the next three years.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET7/23/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and two runs Wednesday at Arizona.
Insight: It was his first homer of July. Cabrera has batted .315 with 80 RBI and 61 runs this season, but he's on pace for 25 home runs, down from 44 in each of the past two years. It would be his lowest total since he hit 12 in 314 at-bats as a rookie.
Mark Reynolds, 1B, MIL7/23/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds connected for two home runs Wednesday against the Reds.
Insight: Reynolds (16 HR, 36 RBI, 36 R) still has solid pop, but not enough to get us to overlook his .207 average.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHICold7/23/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Giants.
Insight: The Giants are starting tough lefty Madison Bumgarner, so Howard will sit while Darin Ruf starts at first base. Howard has picked up two hits in two straight games but hit .141 with two extra-base hits over his last 78 at-bats.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN7/23/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer exited Wednesday's game with "decreased grip strength in his hand," the team announced. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, KC Star
Insight: Hosmer missed the past two games due to a bruised right hand and it's still bothering him.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN7/23/2014 12:42:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (hand) is in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Hosmer missed the past two games due to a bruised right hand. The first baseman has hit safely in 16 straight games (.413, 6 2B, 2 HR).
Chris Davis, 1B, BALCold7/23/2014 12:35:00 PM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis is 6-for-31 (.194) with zero home runs against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Since June 7, Davis has batted .148 with seven home runs, 22 RBI and a .573 OPS with just three multi-hit efforts in 38 games. He shouldn't be used Wednesday.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATLCold7/23/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Fantasy owners should avoid Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman on Wednesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Freeman is 1-for-24 (.042) over his last six games, hasn't homered since June 27 and has a .130 average (3-for-23) against Wednesday's starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WASCold7/23/2014 12:21:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has shown signs of life the past few games (4-for-12, 1 HR), but he has a poor matchup Wednesday against the Rockies.
Insight: LaRoche is hitting .247 with a .661 OPS against lefties this season and is 3-for-15 (.200) with eight strikeouts lifetime against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS7/22/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Gonzalez hadn't homered since July 1 and has hit just three in his last 53 games, but he still has 15 homers, 65 RBI, 49 runs and a .763 OPS on the year.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot7/22/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo has hit five home runs in four games since the All-Star break.
Insight: Rizzo has gone off for eight homers in July and leads the NL with 25 on the year. He's rebounded from a .233 average, 23 home runs and a .742 OPS last year to hit .283 with a .924 OPS this season. His 67 runs rank second among first basemen.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSHot7/22/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is out of the lineup Tuesday due to back stiffness, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: The injury is considered minor. Abreu is available to pinch-hit Tuesday and is expected back Wednesday. The first baseman has hit safely in 30 of his last 31 games.
Garrett Jones, 1B, MIA7/22/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Miami first baseman Garrett Jones is not in Tuesday's starting lineup versus Mike Minor and the Braves.
Insight: That's his reward for producing the game-winning two-run single Monday night, he doesn't have to face a left-hander. He's batting .164 against southpaws this season.
James Loney, 1B, TAM7/22/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney is one of the rare hitters with a history of success versus Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Loney is a career .462 hitter (12-for-26) with a 1.154 OPS against Wainwright. He's a non-power hitting first baseman, who can hit for a decent average and knock in runs when needed, but isn't an everyday fantasy option.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATLCold7/21/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 1-for-21 in his last five games.
Insight: Freeman is still hitting .285 on the year, but he's been stuck on 13 homers since June 27.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS7/21/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two walks and one RBI Monday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Gonzalez is still driving in runs, but he's homered twice in his last 52 games and is batting .256 with a .754 OPS on the year.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOSHot7/21/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli has gone 7-for-12 with two homers in his last three games.
Insight: He's raised his average from. 266 to .280 in that span. He was 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and three runs Monday against the Blue Jays.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN7/21/2014 9:03:00 PM
Description: Reds GM Walt Jocketty said Sunday that Joey Votto (quad) is still roughly five weeks away from returning. SOURCE: Jim Bowden, ESPN and SiriusXM
Insight: Votto (.255, 6 HR, 23 RBI, .799 OPS) has been dealing with a left quad strain since May. He spent nearly a month on the disabled list and batted .250 with zero homers and 11 RBI in 23 games after returning before going back on it on July 8.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN7/21/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (hand) has been scratched from Monday's lineup.
Insight: Hosmer is dealing with a hand contusion, according to Andy McCullough of the KC Star. The first baseman has hit safely in 16 straight games (.413, 6 2B, 2 HR).
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL7/21/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a neck strain, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.
Insight: Morneau (.312, 13 HR, 60 RBI, .846 OPS) hasn't played since July 13 due to the All-Star break, so he's eligible to return on July 29.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR7/21/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (right quad injury) is expected to take batting and fielding practice Tuesday, according to John Lott of the National Post, Toronto.
Insight: great news for fantasy owners. The original timetable was 2-4 weeks and he's right at the two week mark today. The Blue Jays slugger has 26 homers and 70 RBI.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYYCold7/21/2014 4:07:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira is expected to miss 3-4 days with a lower lat strain.
Insight: Teixeira (.231, 17 HR) went hitless in the three-game series with Cincinnati and this could be the reason why he struggled.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG7/21/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is expected to be placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) was hit in the face during batting practice and left Saturday night's game due to dizziness and didn't play Sunday.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL7/21/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is doubtful for Monday's game against Washington due to a stiff neck.
Insight: Morneau (.312, 13 HR, 60 RBI, .846 OPS) has missed three consecutive games to date. Charlie Culberson got another start at first base Sunday.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot7/20/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo has hit three home runs since the All-Star break and is tied with Giancarlo Stanton for first in the NL with 23 homers.
Insight: Rizzo had just 23 homers in 606 at-bats last season. He's taken 356 at-bats to reach the mark in 2014 and has hit .281 with 53 RBI, 65 runs and a .907 OPS.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYYCold7/20/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira has gone 0-for-12 in his first three games after the All-Star break and 3-for-24 (.125) since his two-homer game on July 9.
Insight: Teixeira (.231, 17 HR) has been unable to overcome the rise of shifts around the league and is hitting a paltry .083 on ground balls this season. He also has just seven doubles and a career-high 19.5 percent K rate, so he's really become a home-run-or-bust player.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WASCold7/20/2014 12:53:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is in the midst of a 5-for-47 (.106) skid that has cut his average down by 34 points.
Insight: LaRoche has great numbers against Sunday's starter Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers -- 9-for-28, three doubles, two homers -- but fantasy owners should avoid him until he shows signs of coming out of his slump.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL 7/20/2014 12:50:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has gone 0-for-12 in his last three games, but he's smashed Kyle Kendrick in the past.
Insight: Freeman is 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, a homer and four walks against the Phillies starter.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARIHot7/19/2014 11:35:00 PM
Description: Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is off to a quick start in the second half with his second home run in as many nights.
Insight: Goldy is having another fine season batting .314 with 18 HR, 65 RBI though he's normally a better first-half hitter (.943 OPS vs. .857 OPS).
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG7/19/2014 11:20:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt left Saturday night's game due to dizziness, according to Giants beat reporter Andrew Baggarly.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) hasn't played a lot breaking his thumb in early May and now this. He's likely to take Sunday off as well as a precaution after apparently he was hit in the face during batting practice.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG7/19/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt left Saturday night's game due to dizziness, according to Giants beat reporter Andrew Baggarly.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) hasn't played a lot breaking his thumb in early May and now this. He's likely to take Sunday off as well as a precaution.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC7/19/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of home runs Friday night, but doesn't have a favorable matchup on Saturday.
Insight: Rizzo is just 1-for-10 against left-hander Wade Miley and a career .219 against southpaws although he's turned that statistic around this season (.308, 7 HR, 17 RBI in 91 ABs).
Carlos Santana, 1B, CLECold7/19/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana is likely to sit the second game of the doubleheader with Detroit as he's just 3-for-34 (.088) against Game 2 pitcher Max Scherzer.
Insight: Santana hasn't hit right-handers all season (.184) so there is no reason to think he'll start in this unfavorable matchup.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WASCold7/19/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has faced Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza just six times, but has rapped out four hits including two home runs.
Insight: LaRoche carried a .300 average for nearly the entire first half, but he's hit .100 over the past two weeks (3-for-30). He started the second half with another 0-for-4.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS7/19/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 4-for-7 with a couple of extra-base hits against youngster Joe Kelly.
Insight: Gonzalez is still knocking in runs, but his .251 batting average is 40 points below his career average. Hopefully the four-day break did him good.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET7/19/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera is 12-for-24 with three homers and a 1.455 OPS versus Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Cabrera is hitting .308 with 34 doubles, 14 homers, 75 RBI and an .899 OPS this season, but has struggled of late batting just .267 with an .817 OPS over the past four weeks. We expect more for him. We could get it on Saturday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY7/19/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira is 6-for-11 (.545) against Reds All-Star Alfredo Simon.
Insight: Teixeira has put up 17 homers and 48 RBI this season, but you will have to live with his low batting average (.239).
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANA7/18/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is 2-for-19 (.105) against Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.
Insight: Pujols has rediscovered his home run stroke after hitting just two round-trippers in 24 June games. He has hit four in the first two weeks of July and has 20 homers for the season.
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK7/13/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss has homered in two straight games.
Insight: Moss is tied for fifth in baseball with 21 home runs and he also has 66 RBI.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DETCold7/13/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: For the third time since June 27, Miguel Cabrera has gone three straight games without getting a hit.
Insight: Prior to June 27, he hadn't gone more than two games all season without getting a hit all season. In fact, he only went more than two games without getting a hit one time all of last season, and one of those games he exited with an injury before getting an at-bat. Despite the cold streak to end the first half, Cabrera is hitting .306 with 34 doubles, 14 homers, 75 RBI and an .898 OPS this season.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSHot7/13/2014 4:33:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu will go into the All-Star break with 29 homers, 73 RBI and a .292 batting average.
Insight: Abreu has raised his average 37 points by hitting .349 with 12 homers and 26 RBI over his last 32 games.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WASCold7/13/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is limping into the All-Star break.
Insight: LaRoche carried a .300 average for nearly the entire first half, but he's hit .139 in July and is down to .284 for the season. He's gone just 6-for-35 (.171) against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, so he shouldn't be used Sunday.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSHot7/12/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is the MLB leader with 29 home runs and knocked in his 73 rd Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Abreu is going to put up numbers in his first year that few fantasy experts predicted. He's on pace for 50 HR and 125 RBI.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATLHot7/12/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 7-for-14 (.583) with two home runs and a 1.643 OPS against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: The two-time All-Star has been hot of late, batting .356 over the past two weeks to raise his average to .300. He's hit 13 HR and knocked in 52 runs.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLEHot7/11/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher hit his third homer in the past five games Friday against the White Sox.
Insight: He's put together a modest seven-game hitting streak to raise his average from .194 to .207.
Dan Johnson, 1B, TOR7/11/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Just called up first baseman Dan Johnson is in the Blue Jays starting lineup Friday night.
Insight: Johnson will be the DH with Jose Bautista playing at first base. He was batting .248 with 17 homers at Triple-A Buffalo before getting the call.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARIHot7/11/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt loves facing Giants starter Tim Lincecum and so do his fantasy owners.
Insight: He's a career .577 hitter with seven homers and 17 RBI in just 26 at-bats. Goldy is having another fine season batting .312 with 16 HR, 61 RBI and a league-leading 193 total bases. He's always a must start when facing Lincecum.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS7/11/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is a career .414 hitter (12-for-29) with two home runs versus Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Like most of the Red Sox lineup, Napoli isn't hitting at the moment batting .220 over the past 12 games. He's hitting .265 with 10 homers, 34 RBI and an .822 OPS this season.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS7/11/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is 11-for-28 (.393) with six extra-base hits against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: LaRoche has been rock solid this season, batting .289 with 12 HR and 47 RBI. This may be his last season in Washington as he's only signed through 2014 and the Nationals need to find a spot for Ryan Zimmerman other than third base.
Tommy Medica, 1B, SDP7/11/2014 12:35:00 AM
Description: Padres 1B Tommy Medica left Thursday's game with a groin injury.
Insight: It certainly won't chnage any fantasy lineups, what with his .231 batting average, four homers and 13 RBI.
Paul Konerko, 1B, CWS7/10/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: White Sox DH/1B Paul Konerko is a career 10-for-28 (.357) with three home runs and a 1.223 OPS versus Boston left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Konerko doesn't get many opportunities to start, but this could be one of them. He's batting just .228 with five homers and 19 RBI in 123 at-bats.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHICold7/10/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is hitless in 10 tries against Milwaukee starter Matt Garza.
Insight: The best we can say about this matchup is that he's walked twice. Howard started the season decently, but his July has been a disaster, going 3-for-30 with no extra base hits and a .350 OPS. Keep looking.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot7/10/2014 9:27:00 AM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo is a career .375 hitter against Reds starter Homer Bailey (6-for-16).
Insight: Rizzo is tied for second in the NL with 20 homers after he went deep for the third time in his last four games Wednesday at Cincinnati. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot7/9/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo homered for the third time in his last four games Wednesday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Rizzo is tied for second in the NL with 20 homers. He's making a good impression on fans who are participating in the Final Vote for the All-Star game.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANAHot7/9/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has gone 12-for-25 (.480) with three homers and 10 RBI in his last six games.
Insight: Pujols has rediscovered his home run stroke after hitting just two round-trippers in June. He's fifth in the AL with 20 homers and tied for eighth with 60 RBI.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHICold7/9/2014 1:17:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has hammered Brewers starter Kyle Lohse for 11 hits, including two doubles and two homers, in 25 career at-bats (.440).
Insight: Howard is in the midst of a 4-for-40 (.100) slump but he may be worth using with Lohse pitching Wednesday against Philadelphia.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE7/9/2014 12:49:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher has homered in two straight games and he has two homers in 11 career at-bats against Brandon McCarthy.
Insight: McCarthy will make his Yankees debut Wednesday after coming over from the Diamondbacks in a trade over the weekend. Swisher is still hitting just .198 this season, but he could be a decent option Wednesday.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET7/9/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera is getting the day off Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Cabrera has gone three games in a row without getting a hit twice since June 27 after not going more than two without one at any point this season, but he went 3-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and two runs Tuesday to snap a 0-for-9 stretch.


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